Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Sustainable Cities & Communities

Goal 11 is about making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Cities represent the future of global living. The world’s population reached 8 billion on 2022 over half living in urban areas. This figure is only expected to rise, with 70 per cent of people expected to live in cities by 2050. Approximately 1.1 billion people currently live in slums or slum-like conditions in cities, with 2 billion more expected in the next 30 years.

However many of these cities are not ready for this rapid urbanisation, and it outpaces the development of housing, infrastructure and services, which led to a rise in slums or slum-like conditions.

Urban sprawl, air pollution and limited open public spaces persist in cities.

Good progress has been made since the implementation of the SDGs in 2015, and now the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies has doubled. But issues still remain and in 2022, only half of the urban population had convenient access to public transport.

Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way urban spaces are built and managed.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Research Group for an Alternative Economic Strategy

1978 Brussels Belgium G

Research Institute for Peace and Security, Tokyo

1978 Tokyo Japan G j

Réseau Africain des Personnels des Parlements

RAPP 1995 F v

Réseau des Cités Oléicoles de la Méditerranée

ReCOMed 2011 Imperia Italy F

Réseau des Femmes Africaines pour la Gestion Communautaire des forêts

REFACOF 2009 Edéa Cameroon J

Réseau des Organisations de Solidarité Internationale Côte d'Ivoire

ROSI Côte d'Ivoire 2014 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire G

Réseau Européen des Villes and Régions de l'Économie Sociale

REVES 1996 Brussels Belgium F

Réseau Européen des Villes du Vin

RECEVIN 1995 Vilafranca del Penedès Spain F

Réseau habitat et francophonie

RHF 1987 Paris France F

Réseau international d'écoles doctorales en sociologie/sciences sociales

RéDoc Namur Belgium E

Réseau pour l'Intégration des Femmes des Organisations Non Gouvernementales et Associations Africaines



1992 Namur Belgium F

Residence Palace - International Press Centre

Residence Palace - IPC Brussels Belgium G g

Resilience Measurement Evidence and Learning Community of Practice

RMEL CoP 2016 Stockholm Sweden F v


2019 Kampala Uganda F


1977 Washington DC USA G

Resort Development Organisation

RDO 1998 London UK D

Restauradores Sin Fronteras

A-RSF 1999 San Sebastian de los Reyes Spain F

Restoration Industry Association

RIA 1946 Washington DC USA N t


2010 Teddington UK G y

RET International

2000 Geneva Switzerland F

Rettet den Regenwald

RdR 1986 Hamburg Germany G

Reunión de Ministros de Obras Públicas y de Transportes de los Paises de l Cono Sur

S cg

Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

2017 T g

Rewilding Europe

2011 F

RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment

EEIE Milan Italy G j

RICS Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium E

Right Livelihood Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Right Sharing of World Resources

RSWR 1967 Richmond IN USA G


2002 Paris France G

RIPESS Europe - Economy Solidarity Europe

RIPESS Europe 2011 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg E y

RISE Worldwide

Sandwich MA USA N

River Cleanup

2019 Antwerp Belgium G

Road Safety on Five Continents

RS5C 1987 S c

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

RSCAS 1992 Fiesole Italy K

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

RBF 1940 New York NY USA G f

ROFEH International

Brookline MA USA N

Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club

1957 Paulerspury UK N v

Rooftops Canada

1984 Toronto ON Canada G

Rotary International

RI 1905 Evanston IL USA F

Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation

1956 Tokyo Japan G f

Round Table on Responsible Soy Association

RTRS 2006 Zurich Switzerland C

Roy Castle International Centre for Lung Cancer Research

1990 Liverpool UK N

Royal Institution of Naval Architects

RINA 1860 London UK G j

Royal Life Saving Society

RLSS 1891 Worcester UK F

Royaumont Foundation for the Advancement of the Social Sciences

1964 Asnières-sur-Oise France G f

RTI International

1958 Research Triangle Park NC USA G

Rural and Urban Resources - Counselling, Outreach and Networking

RURCON 1971 Jos Nigeria G

Rural Investment Support for Europe Foundation

RISE Foundation 2006 Brussels Belgium F f

Rural Sociological Society

RSS 1937 Columbia MO USA G